Samantha Capaldo, Author at National Agricultural Law Center
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By: Samantha Capaldo

Farm Bill 2024: Federal Crop Insurance Program Proposals

According to the Risk Management Agency (“RMA”), in 2023, 539 million acres and 42 million head of cattle and swine were...

Department of Labor Finalizes New H-2A Regulations

Labor is in high demand for agriculture in the United States (“U.S.”) and the H-2A visa program is an important component...

Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Texas Landowners’ 5th Amendment Takings Clause Case

On April 16, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) released its opinion in DeVillier v. Texas, 601 U.S....

Federal Bills Propose Changes to the H-2A Program

In 2022, agriculture and food related jobs accounted for approximately ten percent of employment in the United States. H-2A workers play...

SEC Rule and California Laws on Climate-Related Disclosures Face Legal Challenges

UPDATE: On April 4, 2024, the SEC announced a voluntary stay on the climate-related disclosure rule. This voluntary stay is intended to...

The SEC Finalizes Rule on Required Climate-Related Disclosures

UPDATE: On April 4, 2024, the SEC announced a voluntary stay on the climate-related disclosure rule. This voluntary stay is intended to...

EPA Delays Rescinding Gasoline Volatility Waivers Until 2025

In 2023, approximately forty percent of corn produced in the United States (“U.S.”) was used for ethanol production. The top three...

U.S.-Mexico Trade Dispute Over Genetically Modified Corn

In 2023, the United States (“U.S.”) exported $13.1 billion in corn, approximately $5.4 billion of which went to Mexico. As a...

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Independent Contractor Rule

Classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors” is an important task for agricultural employers because of the legal obligations and protections...

Challenges to the 2023 U.S. Department of Labor H-2A AEWR Methodology Rule

The H-2A program, which allows employers to employ foreign nationals to fill temporary U.S. agricultural jobs, plays an essential role in...

State Tax Changes Enacted in 2023 Affecting Agriculture

April may feel far away in January, but tax day is always closer than you think. For agricultural producers, staying on...

Recent Federal and State Legislation to Amend Child Labor Laws

Agriculture can be a hazardous occupation, and adding child workers into the equation can lead to even more dangerous situations. During...

Flood Insurance for Agricultural Producers

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), only one inch of water in a property can cause more than $25,000...

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Legal Challenges to State Hemp Laws and Regulations

In 2023, lawsuits were filed against state governments in Indiana, Arkansas, Virginia, and Alaska alleging that state hemp laws and regulations...

USDA Publishes Final Rule Amending Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards

On October 25, 2023, Secretary Vilsack announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service (“AMS”) had finalized the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards...

Members of Congress Propose Bills to Amend the Federal Crop Insurance Program

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, for the 2022 crop year, there were 493 million acres of land in the...

DOL, DHS, and USDA Launch New Proposed Rules and Initiatives Affecting H-2 Programs

The H-2A program allows agricultural employers to hire foreign workers when there is a shortage in domestic labor. According to Philp...

Recent Federal and State Heat Safety Proposals

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2011 and 2021, there were 436 work-related deaths attributed to environmental heat exposure....

USDA Publishes Final Dairy Donation Program Rule

The United States Department of Agriculture is responsible for several risk management tools for the dairy industry, including donation programs such...